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October 25, 2015 8:47 pm

Pro-Israel Article by French Philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy Returns to Facebook After Disappearing (UPDATE)

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Bernard-Henri Levy. Photo: Itzik Edri via Wikimedia Commons.

Bernard-Henri Levy. Photo: Itzik Edri via Wikimedia Commons.

Amid a flurry of criticism directed at social networking giant Facebook over its policing, or lack thereof, of anti-Israel and antisemitic hate, a staunchly pro-Israel article by a renowned personality has mysteriously been wiped from the network’s pages.

The article, entitled Things We Need to Stop Hearing About the ‘Stabbing Intifada,’ was penned by famed French philosopher and activist Bernard-Henri Lévy and published exclusively by The Algemeiner on Wednesday.

In it, Lévy refers in passing to the popular use of Facebook as a tool for Islamists to build support for their cause, and highlights a slew of injustices surrounding the latest wave of Palestinian stabbing attacks against Israeli Jews sweeping the Holy Land.

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Among the items Lévy decries are phrases “used to explain — or excuse — criminal acts” against Israelis, the “tepid” condemnations of the terror from the international community, and that “most of the major media have paid the grieving Israeli families only a fraction of the attention they have paid the families of the perpetrators.”

The disappearance of the article from Facebook was first brought to The Algemeiner‘s attention by watchdog group The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) which noted that their constituents had noticed the article’s absence. The post was also removed from The Algemeiner‘s own Facebook page where it had amassed some 40,000 views. Other readers of The Algemeiner also noted that it had been removed from their own Facebook pages, and a Facebook search for the article came up empty.

French-Jewish artist and activist Ron Agam, a close acquaintance of Lévy, was incensed when he discovered that the article had been removed from his Facebook wall. “I am stunned that Facebook had the audacity and brashness to silence one of the most important Jewish voices in the world,” Agam told The Algemeiner. “I am furious and disappointed… Israelis are being stabbed and killed [because of] incitement with an ideology of hate funneled by Facebook while they find the time to silence a man of peace and conciliation.”

He concluded: “Facebook owes Lévy an apology.”

Facebook did not immediately respond to The Algemeiner‘s request for comment about the article.

The removal of Lévy’s article comes as Facebook is set to be dragged to court over its handling of terror incitement on its pages. Israeli NGO Shurat HaDin-The Israel Law Center announced on October 15th that it plans to file a class action lawsuit against the company following multiple complaints lodged by concerned users about the proliferation of pages in Arabic that call for the killing of Jews. At the time of the announcement, some 10,000 Israelis had signed a petition to join the lawsuit.

“We thought that fighting it [terror] requires minimizing the incitement,” Israel Law Center founder Nitsana Darshan-Leitner told The Algemeiner at the time. “And this is why we are trying to get an injunction against Facebook to shut down those kind of pages and monitor the site to prevent other ones from appearing.”

Others were generally more skeptical of efforts to control what is posted on Facebook.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon told The Algemeiner recently about his office’s attempts to get Facebook and Google, which owns YouTube, to remove incendiary material and prevent similar content from appearing in the future.

“It is not certain that removing such clips from social media will have an effect” on the current security situation in Israel, or on the Palestinian populace, he said. “Remember, social media sites cannot do anything of this sort in advance. They react to what is reported by other users and then flagged. So, for every film they remove, another one crops up.”

But Darshan-Leitner said she sees things differently.

“It is ridiculous to say that Facebook cannot monitor these things,” she said. “Notice its millions of algorithms that know exactly what you like to wear and eat, who your friends are, what music you’re interested in, etc. How else do ads aimed specifically at you mysteriously appear in your feed and on the side of the page? If it’s got algorithms for consumer purposes, it can have algorithms for other purposes, as well.”

Other Israelis are also protesting Facebook’s approach to the issue of incitement.

Last week, activist Rotem Gez spray-painted anti-terror graffiti – including a red palm with the words “blood on your hands” —  on the wall of the building that houses Facebook’s Israel headquarters. He said he is among many Israelis who are appalled by the social media giant’s failure to remove pages encouraging the murder of Jews and Israelis.

UPDATE 10/26 2:00 pm: After Jewish human-rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) — which communicates regularly with Facebook about online hate issues — contacted the company on The Algemeiner’s behalf, the post was returned to Facebook. A representative told SWC that the post had not been banned because of its content and that further inquiries would be made to determine why it had been removed.

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  • fanya vasilevsky

    Mark Zuckerberg: Shame!!! Shame!!! Shame!!! Your doing is between you and Hashem!

  • Charles Martel at the battle of Tours

    The French Jewish defense League was right. The Facebook people need to be smacked around a bit!Time to act like the Muslims who strike terror into their opponents! If we acted more like the Muslims Jews would not be crapped upon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Barbara

      Agreed.

  • Aliza

    There is no such things as a “Lone Terrorist”. I’m so glad someone had the guts to say that out loud. FB made a mistake in removing the article and it will come back to bite them in the ass.

  • Fred

    Facebook & Google have the morals of the Arab dominated cesspool the United Nation. I wonder if Zuckerberg ever reads the messages on Israel on facebook.

  • “If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools…”

    From Rudyard Kipling’s poem IF.

    You shouldn’t have to bear it; you must fight it!!

  • Carl

    I’m sure Facebook was simply demonstrating “balance and moral equivalency”. If they can’t show Palestinian incitement to murder, then certainly they can’t show anything justifying Israel’s right to self defense. It is only logical, by the standards of those depraved enough to see no difference between victim and aggressor.

  • Larry A. Singleton

    “Facebook did not immediately respond to The Algemeiner‘s request for comment about the article.”

    How in the HECK did you manage to contact Facebook??? I can’t find an email for these predators. they don’t even have their own “Facebook” page. (Check out the “I Hate Facebook” Facebook page)

  • Larry A. Singleton

    I’ve been blocked four times by Facebook Thugs. I’m adding this article to the ones below.

    If you want to know what Big Brother’s big brother looks like look no further than Facebook. Thought Police and Hypocrites at Facebook, (read Mark Zuckerberg), arbitrarily and routinely block me for saying the wrong word, (without checking the content and context), but shills for mass murdering, Jew-Hating Terrorists. You’ll also notice they can’t be like Google which simply adds an “not responsible for people’s bad language” etc.) Like Yahoo they naturally act like the socialist freedom hating fascists that they are and try to control every aspect of their venue; including and especially how you think.

    This video is on Facebook. Look at the bottom left-hand corner.
    Young Arab men asked what they would do to Jews
    https://www.facebook.com/israelunseen/videos/815322685247229/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCbTRUryDjU

    The Social Media Intifada: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Used Extensively for Promoting Violence Against Israelis by Ruthie Blum.
    http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/10/08/the-social-media-intifada-facebook-twitter-and-youtube-used-extensively-for-promoting-violence-against-israelis/

    ARFA: Why Facebook Banned Satire of Palestinian Propaganda
    http://www.truthrevolt.org/commentary/arfa-why-facebook-banned-satire-palestinian-propaganda

    Facebook and Blog.com in Bed with Genocidal Jew-Haters? By Steve Bronfman
    http://www.newsrealblog.com/2010/06/24/judeophobia-gone-mainstream-on-the-net/

    Facebook Blocks, Censors Schlussel @ Request of Polish, Muslim Jew-Haters; HOW YOU CAN HELP By Debbie Schlussel
    http://www.debbieschlussel.com/50764/facebook-blocks-censors-schlussel-removes-articles-polish-muslim-jew-haters-win-how-you-can-help/

    Jew Haters Welcome At Facebook, As Long As They Aren’t Lactating by Michael Arrington (@arrington)
    http://techcrunch.com/2009/05/10/jew-haters-welcome-at-facebook-as-long-as-they-arent-lactating/

    Facebook Page Publishing Identities of French Jews to Encourage Attackers; 15 Men Assault a Jew in Paris Suburb After Confirming Photo (UPDATE) by Joshua Levitt
    http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/07/25/facebook-page-publishing-identities-of-french-jews-to-encourage-attackers-15-men-reportedly-assault-1-jew-in-paris-suburb-after-confirming-photo/

    Class action against Facebook seeks to ‘dislike’ incitement by Adva Cohen 10-10-15
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4711718,00.html
    Legal advocacy group seeks an injunction against social media site to close all pages inciting for violence against Israelis; ‘Facebook has turned into an anti-Semitic hotbed for murder.’

    New Obama Czar Will Hunt ‘Right-Wing’ Extremists by Leo Hohmann
    Americans seen as possibly more threatening than Islamic jihadists
    http://www.wnd.com/2015/10/new-obama-czar-will-hunt-right-wing-extremists/

    ‘Be careful what you say on Facebook’

    “Anybody with a gun now, in my opinion, is an extremist, at least as viewed by this government,” Whitehead said. “You’re going to be watched. Be careful what you say on Facebook. The wrong kind of joke will put you on the extremist list, because the government agents – I will tell you this – they do not have a sense of humor.”

    Whitehead said Google’s latest multi-million dollar contract from the National Security Agency is telling. Facebook is also used by the government.

    “So we’re dealing with an entity that has no idea about representative government. They’ve made up their mind who constitutes an extremist, and an extremist is a terrorist, an enemy of the state,” Whitehead said. “Veterans are already on the list, as are abortion activists, tea-party activists, constitutionalists. I know the vets are because we have them calling us every day.

    “These are all things that should be debated openly, but now you’re having cities moving into U.N. programs, police being federalized and internationalized and now targeting their own people as enemies of the state,” he added….We’re following the Chinese model, which is basically the old Soviet model.”

    ‘Fingerprints’ of the Southern Poverty Law Center

    Fitton said he sees the “fingerprints” of the Southern Poverty Law Center all over the new focus on right-wing violent extremism. The SPLC comes out with a list of “hate groups” annually and has over the years increasingly branded mainstream conservative groups touting family values as “haters.”

    The SPLC has made more than $150 million in the past 20 years from advising law enforcement on socially conservative and libertarian “extremism.”

    “I see the fingerprints here of the SPLC. … If you don’t like gay marriage you go on their hate list,” he said. “Are supporters of traditional marriage going to be on this list of suspects? We have an epidemic of cop killing across the country. Murder is up. Drug crimes are up. We have a president who has abused his powers, and what is the Justice Department doing? Looking for new ways of going after opponents of the president.

    In fact, the ink was barely dry on Obama’s announcement and the SPLC put out a press release “lauding” the administration for creating the new position focusing on “domestic terrorism.”

    Based on President Obama’s comments and the actions of his administration, Whitehead said he can only guess who will get slapped with the “extremist” label. It won’t be Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, who recently implored his followers to “stalk and kill” those white cops who have killed black suspects.

    Will Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, who has openly called for his followers to ‘stalk’ and ‘ kill’ certain cops, be branded an “extremist” by Obama’s new czar?

  • Asher Garber

    Facebook is a scam. Not only are there many anti-Semitic sites creating hatred of Israel as a false reality, but there are more than enough ISIS-connected profiles built strictly to hook young kids into joining the fight, wherever they may be.

    I hope Facebook gets sued out of existence.

  • Count LF Chodkiewicz Chudzikiewicz

    Since facebook is a Jewish founded Jewish owned company with Jewish management screaming anti-Israel bashing n anti-semitism by right wing CAMERA who wipes out questions about their non-Israeli social conservative comments makes me wonder if an innocent mechanical error caused this problem n Camera is manufacturing a fake issue

  • Lawrence

    I got off facebook years ago, and it had nothing to do with their promulgation of anti-Semitism, although it’s a good enough reason to get off Facebook. Facebook reflects the dumbing down and cretinism of the West, and the world at large. Social media is nothing but alienating, and emotionally deadening. Get off Facebook, leave it to the haters. And idiots.

  • Avi

    Hate speech doesn’t violate Facebook’s standards. At least not when its targets are Jews.
    I reported postings by one Philip E Taylor who repeatedly posts about the Rothschild Jewish Mafia. Facebook replied – human or algorithm??? – that it didn’t violate their “community standards”. But Levy’s article does??!! Go figure!

  • Michael Boyden

    Facebook is guilty of aiding and abetting incitement and its directors should be sued and punished for their activities.

    • Robin Seeherman

      I am horrified that this article has been removed when there is such a vitriolic voice against Israel that people have to fight to get removed from Facebook. Why is that???

  • Vivienne Havalant (Leijonhufvud)

    Nothing Facebook or Twitter do to keep up propaganda against ISRAEL surprises me! I myself have been banned from TWITTER because I called a female whose name is irrelevant though she is connected with some outfit named MKS Studios. Her remarks about ISRAEL with reference to GAZA and the so called West Bank were full of hate and lies. I called her a heartless bitch, since she seemed to understand nothing about the suffering of innocent Jewish families victims in this third intiffada for this is what it is! She had no compassion for Yazid women raped. I further pointed out to her with her attitude perhaps being raped 30 times before lunch might actually make her see sense and realize all terrorist organizations practice the same. I am disgusted with FB & Twitter and bearing in mind both organizations are owned by Jewish billionaires I would have expected more objective comments airing two sides. of the situation aired. How dare ISLAM blacken the name of ISRAEL with lie upon lie? Incidentally I am not an Israeli citizen, however, through my entire life from age of 10 and Israel 10th year, nothing the media aired nothing but good news. How the nation of ISRAEL turned the barren desert into a thriving nation irrigating the land for agriculture against all odds. All our fruit came from Israel when I was a kid. I am sick to death of so called palestinians lies and hatred.

    • Mayven

      Get…establish another twitter account or two…carry on !

    • isn’t face book is owned by a jewish fellow?

      • there isn’t such a thing as palestine state it has never existed.
        they are creating one in theirs minds yes but no sorry it never existed
        philistine is a noun given to Israel by the romans to erase the jewish people from raising again many many stayed behind around Jerusalem and Hevron . Massacres 1919 hebron 1948 again arabs pushing jews from hebron and Jerusalem from theirs homes prior to roman times I am claiming and asking for the homes and the areas in jerusalem and hebron to be given back to Israel.,a law suite will be filed

        Vivienne the best thing I do i go to universities I register for a course political science i check if the professor is anti semit i seat when he says something derogative about Isarel I ask questions I prolong the discussion I make him feel as he does not know what he is saying he throw me out he cannot I am registered we both explain our cases at the office he looses his job we have to do this this is what Qetar and saudi do they pay people to take courses well not one pays me and if I can cut the tongue of anyone talking about my people my country I am right there to shut them off gently when they scream I say noon don’t lets talk civilly which is impossible but more i attach professors and students listen

        • Mr. Tovah Assor, what you are doing is teaching. God Bless you in your endeavors to educate imbeciles.

  • How can a title as face book be popular? It means that any stolen mind who does not see that face book title does ridicule any one who does use it! Can any one imagine how a face book word object looks like? It looks ridicules. The title “face book” does actually attacks men’s mind where the majority of the people masses minds including the owner of face book is no award of! The neo Nazis do invest a lot of money in face book to ridicule all Jews. The neo Nazi will always look after a weak Jew mind to attack the collective Hebrew men minds! How can people of book use a “face book” title as a medium of communication? It is all about the fact that the collective structure of the brain “matter” who does attack is own mind, which is undivided from what is happen to day, is the fact of a silence war to divide men’s mind not only of the Hebrew mind but of the entire world masses minds.

  • karen redfearn

    Come soon Lord Jesus.SOON!

  • ted weiss

    I typed an article critical of the Israel virulent left protest
    in Tel Avin (in shabat) no less . They were exploiting Rabins assasinatiomn for thei own political gain i e the likes of shalom akshav and of course famous radical meretz
    Well I posted on Yahoo , and alos got deleted . I guess this is a new form of censorship

  • Deborah Hecker

    Facebook has moral and business responsibilities to stop propagating the views of radical Islam and censoring Henri Bernard Levi. Facebook stop incitement against Israel. It seems you pick and choose without thought of consequence what you remove and what you do not remove from Facebook.

  • Esther Kaplan

    The social networking giants, Facebook and Twitter, have a lot to answer for. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be inclined to commit to a base-line set of ethics. I have wavered over using them. Family pictures, notes from friends, access to special-interest groups — these are attractive possibilities. But they are not worth the enabling of terrorist recruitment and the rabid debasement of Israel and of Jews in general. Who subsidizes these activities? Whoever they are, Facebook must be complicit, as evidenced by the disappearance of pro-Israel articles from its pages.

  • steve

    Time to take fb to task

  • A.S. Adler

    B”H

    [with some typos corrected ]

    The antidote to “hate-speech” is friendly speech or even “love speech” — as in “love thy neighbor as thyself”. In an environment of 70 languages, Torah thrives — as it did in the time of Avroham Avinu. In the same environment, the tendency of some of us to run after various forms of anti-kindness “tower building” and idol worship is broken into seventy pieces and becomes so much background noise. If someone says that rats are dirty — we would not consider it hate speech — because we think that rats really are dirty. If someone said that between 1996 and 2001 the Taliban in Afghanistan murdered many women in the Kabul stadium in front of crowds baying for the blood of another human being — most people would not consider it hate-speech — because they assume that it’s true. The people that promoted this nonsense — in the film “Beneath the Veil” — won multiple prestigious awards and made a lot of money. The obvious truth is that the Taliban executed one woman in the Kabul stadium in those five years and she was executed for “beating her husband to death with a hammer as he slept” — in front of a crowd that was silent at the time she was executed — after listening to a long discourse by a Muslim cleric on why there is capital punishment in Islam, what the woman, Zarmina, was accused of — and the three levels of judicial review. The people who made and promoted that film are real criminals — with the blood of thousands dripping from their hands — but they are seen as good journalists, experts, media professionals and even scholars by most of the “civilized” world. For more on this , see the author’s sefer “Torah and the Taliban”– soon to be published book avshadler@yahoo.com Shalom, from Jerusalem, Israel

  • A.S. Adler

    B”H

    The antidote to “hate-speech” is friendly speech or even “love speech” — as in “love thy neighbor as thyself”. In an environment of 70 languages, Torah thrives — as it did in the time of Avroham Avinu. In the same environment, the tendency of some of us to run after various forms of anti-kindness “tower building” and idol worship is broken into seventy pieces and becomes os much background noise. If someone says that rates are dirty — we would not consider it hate speech — because we think that rats really are dirty. If someone said that between 1996 and 2001 the Taliban in Afghanistan murdered many women in the Kabul stadium in front of crowds baying for the blood of another human being — most people would not consider it hate-speech — because they assume that its true. The people that promoted this nonsense — in the film “Beneath the Veil” won multiple prestigious awards and made a lot of money. The obvious truth is that the Taliban executed one woman in the Kabul stadium in those five years and she was executed for “beating her husband to death with a hammer as he slept” — in front of a crowd that was silent at the time she was executed — after listening to a long discourse by a Muslim cleric on why there is capital punishment in Islam, what the woman, Zarmina, was accused of — and the three levels of judicial review. The people who made and promoted that film are real criminals — with the blood of thousands dripping from their hands — but they are seen as good journalists, experts, media professionals and even scholars by most of the “civilized” world. For more on this , see the author’s sefer “Torah and the Taliban”– soon to be published book avshadler@yahoo.com Shalom, from Jerusalem, Israel

  • Yocheved

    I went to the linked article, and tried to post it to my page. Facebook says that it “doesn’t recognize the link.”

  • Debra Lauren

    I’m appaulled and shocked that FB is not monitoring these posts, deadly posts. and just as upset the repeating of this IS removed from FB. I hope you act humanely and morally to correct your actions. You’ve got a good thing here, but not if it is used to the determent of others.

  • I pray for great success for Shurat HaDin, however impossible victory seems.

  • Ephraim

    The man who runs Facebook is a self-hating Jew. They are the worst.

    • Francis Figliola

      He’s a coward!

      • Shurat Hadin will win she is a great lawyer I heard her speak last week ends
        also on the news Russia with submarine near the cables of internet so lets see if we will talk tomorrow
        but guys go to universities and find out who is speaking to lots of arabs don’t be afraid raise your hands and ask questions and correct the antis emetic people

  • Kerry M. Berger

    Facebook has turned a blind-eye to anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish vitriolic postings. The Administrators don’t even follow their own Guidelines as to what constitutes hate speech. I find this ludicrous. It would be easy to remove any English posting that uses derogatory terms about Jews or Zionists, or conspiracy memes hinting at Jews or any of the other euphemisms that abound. There is no control over remarks made by KKK or pro-Nazi bigots.

    It would also help if when petitions are made to FB that Israeli Jews include American Jews, since ultimately Facebook is an US company and it must comply with US laws. Since Europe has stricter laws related to hate speech, when FB takes action to monitor posts in Europe, they do not follow a consistent policy corporate-wide and offensive materials still end up being posted in the US and in other markets. This is unacceptable, so it would help if the voices of the Diaspora community Secular, Religious etc. be included in petitions so that WE JEWS SPEAK WITH ONE VOICE TO THE DISSEMINATORS OF HATE!!! We can do better but we have to act in a strategic manner.

  • Otto Schiff

    It should be obvious by now that the anti Semites are the
    inferiors.

  • montlasky

    Change Facebook’s name to Tochas paper!

  • Lowa Kay

    INCITEFUL WORDS for their ALGORITHMS…

    dead jew, kill jew, stab jew, occupation, from the river to the sea Palestine will be free, abbas, mashal, execution, Gaza, West Bank, run over, Al Aksa mosque, rock throwing, Allahu Akhbar, Inshallah, ….can anyone continue the LIST OF DEATH and INCITEMENT???

  • marcelle toledano

    I don’t like the way you treat jews and Israelis and i am thinking to quit facebook because of the intimidation toward my community and my people ! every time i reported a bad, or an insulting comment from arab against jews, it wasn’t treated properly like if they have the right to insult and threat. I did saw the post of bernard-henri levy which was appropriate and i see no reason why this post should be taken away! there is no treaths agains’t people but the perfect true about a situation. you are going to loose a lot of friends if it does continue like that!

  • enufizenuf

    Why does it take a private lawsuit to go after Zuckerberg’s left-wing minions? The whole corporation is guilty of incitement to murder and it would be just as legitimate to seize any of them and bring them to Israel for trial as it was Eichmann.

  • Rich Perlman

    I attempted to post the article by copying the URL and Facebook rejected the posting. Then I copied the text and was at least temporarily able to post the article.

  • Andrea

    What the hell is going on here? How can this be happening? Is it possible that FB was hacked? Algemeiner, I hope you keep following up and let us know. Meanwhile, the SHARE button doesn’t work, but you can copy and paste the link on your FB page, which everyone needs to do!

  • Daniel Gildesgame

    Removing hate messages saves lives.

    • Dante

      This is true, but what has this to do with Levy’s article?

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